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SolarWorld signs supply agreement with US solar company PetersenDean

SolarWorld HQ, Oregon

PetersenDean, one of the United States' largest privately held roofing and solar companies, will install SolarWorld solar panels as part of its Solar4America campaign.


Komax sells off part of its solar business

Komax stringing process.

The Swiss technology company yesterday announced that its Chinese partner Yingkou Jinchen will acquire 51% of its solar stake.


Renewable energy milestones reported in UK and California

Walmart solar installation, California.

Californian utility PG&E sourced 22.5% of its power from renewable sources in 2013, while the average U.K. share hit a record 13.8%.


China Electric Equipment Group looks to buy Sunergy Shanghai

China

China Electric Equipment Group has agreed to buy Sunergy Shanghai from China Sunergy in a deal worth $37.7 million (RMB 231.2 million).


Scatec Solar agree 10 MW Jordan deal

Jordan's capital Amman

Jordanian power company National Electric Power Company (Nepco) has signed a two-decade power purchase agreement with Scatec Solar for a 10 MW solar PV plant to be built in Southern Jordan.


Indian industry headed towards calamity, warns federation

Delhi India

The National Solar Energy Federation of India has complained about the quality of domestic-made technology in a letter to the government.


Micro-grid market to soar after 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

Micro-grid from Schneider.

Driven by growing renewable energy demand in numerous regions, the market for micro-grid installations will grow rapidly between 2015 and 2020.


SMA suffers 36% sales drop in 2013

SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon

Despite retaining its position as the world's leading inverter company with 5.4 GW sold, SMA suffered a sales horror-show last year in the wake of European PV contraction.


EU to cut minimum China module price to €0.53/W

Suntech Chinese PV modules.

pv magazine understands that the new minimum price set by the EU is set to fall from €0.56/W to €0.53/W by April 1.


German economics minister seeks PV self-consumption readjustment

Sigmar Gabriel.

Sigmar Gabriel responds to criticism from within the ranks three states demand the industry remains exempt from EEG reallocation charge.


Module reliability more important than cost, say solar customers

Bosch module factory.

Survey by IHS reveals 99% of respondents believe reliability to be the most important module feature, beating out high quality and low price.


India considers new PV support scheme for state-owned companies

MNRE representatives inspect a PV installation in India.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy may introduce a separate scheme for Public Sector Undertakings.


California calls for large-scale energy storage

Opening session, Energy Storage trade fair, Düsseldorf.

The Energy Storage trade fair in Düsseldorf begins with a rousing call from California for more energy storage solutions.


NEC snaps up grid-scale battery business

Storage battery system.

The Japanese company has purchased A123 Energy Solutions from China's Wanxiang Group for a reported $100 million.


Chinese PV exports to Europe fell 62% in 2013

China flag.

Figures from the China Chamber of Commerce confirm China-European business revenues down by $3.7bn last year.


Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


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